Nigeria plans tougher measures to curb the spread

The Nigerian minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, says the Nigerian government is to introduce more measures towards curbing the spread of COVID-19, if the need arises.

He was speaking while confirming that Nigeria now has  fifty one cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria. He said that all forty eight contacts are clinically stable with mild symptoms, two have been discharged while the death figure remains one.

He also said that only two cases have been discharged because others are still being monitored at the isolation centres.

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The minister called on all health facilities to be on high alert while maintaining high index of suspicion.

“We are learning a lot from Coronavirus and the learning is helping us very well. We are learning how to manage cases, learning treatment protocols and how to manage cases” Ehanire said.

He said that one major item in Nigeria’s disease control is social distancing and urged Nigerians to comply.

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“Strictly limit contacts to others for your familiy’s sake. Do everything not to mingle or congregate unnecessarily”, he advised.

He also said that various state governments are working out means of enforcing social distancing in their states.

He went further to say that the federal ministry of health is working with relevant stakeholders to man all borders to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

On the issue of positive patients in the presidential Villa, the minister said that he has not been given permission to announce the contacts status but that the victim is in a secured government facility receiving care.

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Any person doing a test will have to reveal the result by himself”, he said

Dr. Ehanire added that all governors will have to work with community leaders to work out modalities on how to ameliorate impacts of COVID-19 in their states.


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